The unique selling point of Cosses Country House is the food. If it can be home-made or home-grown, then it is. Other wise it is sourced as locally as possible, often from members of the Ayrshire Food Network . Not only is it a great foodie experience at Cosses but:
“Ayrshire and Arran are renowned very widely both nationally and internationally for the quality of their food resulting from the unique “terroir” and west coast of Scotland climatic conditions.
The raw materials available within the whole area are exceptional – beef, lamb, bacon, pork and game in season; fish and shellfish; vegetables; and of course the famous Ayrshire ‘Tattie’.You can add Dunlop PGI cheeses, award winning free range eggs, a wide range of smoked delicacies, vegetarian savoury produce, exciting street food, cakes, chilli preserves, farmhouse ice creams and handmade chocolates. The result is you really are in an authentic artisan food and drink haven which includes hand roasted coffees,craft beers and distinctive individual whiskies.”
The Cosses Green House provides a place to sit and watch the tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers grow, whilst listening to the twittering of the swallows, blackbirds and wrens. Ten varieties of potatoes have been planted this year and currently we are eating 2nd Earlies: Nicola, Nadine, Queenies and Kestrel. Many plants start life in the green house such as Runner and French Beans, Mang Tout, peas and lettuce.
My Mum is also a unique selling point at Cosses (living here in Burnside cottage) and at 88 she still bakes cakes for afternoon tea and has just been picking gooseberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants and raspberries for the jam making and breakfast stewed fruits.
Afternoon tea is served in the garden on sunny afternoons and Glenapp castle has just opened their tea room in their walled garden for light meals.